If you want to support the cycling community but don't feel like racing, you could always take advantage of the Road Commissaire courses being offered FREE by the MCA. Road Commissaires are the people at road and cyclocross races that make things official and legit. There is a need for more of these fine people to make the races possible. Former Official of the Year and MCI Stookie, Arlene Woodcock will share her know-how so that you too know how. Check out the deets here.
Low turnout last night. Duke, James, Gavin, Steven and I rode around town.
Drifting on the hill
feats of stregff
"I don't lose very often"
Tom and David joined us at the clubhouse. We reminisced about DB eating discarded chicken wing bones, the goodness of the AWBF, discussed gravel road ride possibilities, different types of Christians, Altona sex surveys, clubhouse nesw: arm wrestling is in - hula hooping is out, and rumour has it that Bruiser broke his leg while snowmobiling. I cringe thinking about it. Heal up Steve.
23 cyclists met on a windy, cold, snowy day and had a blast riding bike. Anytime you get a bunch of cool cyclist together, there is a high likelihood that good times will ensue. Even though the weather was less than ideal (with a Weather Warning in effect), it was good to get together and ride bike.
We started off with a group ride that saw us noodle around town and slog/walk through drifts. I liked cycling en masse with a bunch of friends. It's fun to do, safer and a rare thing when so many parents can arrange childcare for the same afternoon. I loved it. We played some cage-match knockdown games where Gavin "the rhino", Curt and I won the temporary titles of World Champion of the World.
We made our way to the park where we paired up and had an hour long relay race. We ran up the hill, raced and plowed our way out of the nature park, around the ball diamonds, then back across the glassy ice to the exchange. Sandra C challenged us all by accidentally racing a lap in the wrong direction. These things happen, more often to some perhaps. Lyle and James intimidated their giant selves to victory beating out Gavin and Joanne. Albert and Bruce took the bronze.
After the cycling was over, we fetched our chill'n and 42 of us met at the clubhouse spa for some splashy fun, Jets game (thanks Shaun) and potluck supper. Draw prize winners were won by Lyle, Shaun, James, Julia and Joanne. Steven finished off the evening by falling into the pool with his clothes on - funny guy. Well done team. JS
Back Alley Cycle donated some shweet shwag for our wing-ding tomorrow. Thank you boys. I threw in some pepperoni sticks for good measure. Prizes will be won on a draw basis. Everybody gets a ticket. Podium finishers of the relay race, knockdowns and slow race get extra tickets. Everybody has a chance to win. Don't forget your bathing suit, towel, potluck goody and drinks. The vendor is open until 6.
James, Shaun, DB, Steven, Chaz, David, Steven, Gavin, Albert and I met to bike around town. The crew that gathered had the potential for a fast and furious ride; it was not. We scoped out the park for race course possibilities and discussed our options. I then made a tactical error by cycling too close to the clubhouse where the lure of beer, wings and the third period of the Jets game was too much for most, so we retired early.
Tom and Franklin joined us at the clubhouse where the Planning Committee Minutes included: the ABES Spring Ride, Operation Muerto, Altona KOM, The Knack Zote Gravel Grinder (or something like that), the ABES credit card, jersey font thoughts, overpacking for road trips, and David revealed his douche-baggary as our rogue blog-poster. Good times.
Camping/biking/eating/living supplies add up.
The shitty weather may seem shitty but it's actually awesome. Embrace winter y'all! It's the adversity that can make these events memorable. That, and winter is almost over and there will be a hot-tub. I’ll see you funners on Sunday. JS
Everyone is welcome to meet at the ABES/Athena headquarters on Sunday at 2:00 for a gathering of good people and bikes. The afternoon will see us cycle about town, stop at a few icy spots for some knockdown games, have some slow races, then conclude with a one hour relay race at the park. Kids can bike, race, skate, sled or throw snowballs at the riders. After the race we’ll adjourn to the clubhouse spa where the pool, hot-tub, Jets game, rink dogs and chips await. Cost of participating in the ABES Winter Bike Fest is a salad or dessert to share. I hope to see you all there!
Jared, Evan, Shaun, Franklin, Lyle, Steven, and I did some country cycling. There were some icy bits out there. Lyle fell. He recovered with a healthy dose of free popcorn. We were joined by Tom, Duke and David at the clubhouse. It was a lovely night.
What a waste!
Anybody interested in a Sunday morning gravel/paved/breakfast/brunch ride to Plum Coulee?